mb140d solid performer
Hi i have had my van since 2004 90000kms on it only major problem was the injector pump wentand was fixed by a local mercedes whisperer! it is now our camper van and has 245000kms on it it is a great van although bit of a slug. info on repair specs are impossible to find here is the front Hub nut torque settinf after changing wheel bearing 235~275 NM (from Mercedes Tech) took me days of looking hope this helps someone. and parts are getting easier to get.
Really nothing else compares
One of the noisiest vans around and a bit underpowered ..
But that really is all you can complain about !!
We purchased this van in 2009 it was an ex coach with moderate miles, I took out the middle seat row and moved the back seat forward into that spot. The result is a van that seats 9 with 6 feet behind for all the tools and crap I carry with me.
Its turned out to be the best vehicle for our family with 3 young boys and their friends we just have so much room. When we need to move stuff we just fold the seat down and start piling s...tuff in ... recently Sheree my partner managed to load 12 bedside cabinets, 5 Queen Headboards, 2 x Chaise 4 seaters, 2 Kayaks and 3 kids all in one load .. to be fair she was really good at Tetris, I probably would have fitted 1/2 as much and forgotten one of the kids. The comfort level is astonishing compared to most commercial vehicles, wind resistance is minimal and economy is great .. we are getting 10km / Litre consistently.
Very happy with the ole girl
I have done long distances loaded to the gunnels, plus towing very heavy trailer & returning with empty trailer & empty van. Fully laden, the trip was slow (about 85 to 90kph), noisy (until a partial solution was found) but very comfortable & still felt ok and mobile after reaching destination (Im in my 60's). 4 of the 5 forward gears within the gearbox all get well used when the hills are needing to be climbed and one needs to be able to wait patiently for the van to get you up them there hills. (A good change to observe the wild life and co...unt the items of rubbish on the side of the road) The gearing is (at a guess) more suitable for flat roads or around town as when a hill comes into its view, it dies. Same with strong (60 + kph) winds. Noise was certainly a factor which made trying to listen to its radio. That's a HOPELESS thing to do if travelling over 70 or 80 kph Same for wanting to discuss anything with my partner. BUT... I initially found that a thick woolen jumper wrapped around the gear lever made discussions more able to be had but I ended up relining the underside of the engine cover with a brilliant, specifically made sound deadening material which is similar to a sheet of rubber but with some sort of material/ compound within it. The road handling and seating arrangements in the van are in my view are excellent. I bought the van for $1500 (kiwi $ & it had a broken drivers window, broken LH mirror, no Air Con & some fire damage to the rear hood lining. It had been a people mover and the entire roof was lined with a fabric and a closed cell foam attached (glued) to the underside of the roof panel. The van is carpeted throughout. (front & rear) & up the walls to the level of the side windows.
So much space inside it's incredible. All the space made for an easy campervan conversion. Engine has no issues 16 years on with no major work, (that's in the books anyway) which is amazing.
Cons: Engine is extremely noisey from inside the van. It's pretty much right next to you as you're driving and gets loud. Have gotten used to it and only is an issue when trying to have a conversation with cute backpackers picked up along the way... Also very sluggish up hills, but I'm not racing anyone most of the time so not a huge issue.
Been able to...
Great as a camper
I bought mine in 2004, brand new. Had a camper fit-out done with a pop top, in Tasmania. The first 12 months had lots of little problems to do with quality control on assembly. Since then have had an excellent vehicle. Totally reliable, so cannot comment on parts availability. Regularly go on long drives in a basic but comfortable machine. The roominess is astonishing, and I am quite tall. We get around 100k per 9L on diesel, and when towing a 16ft boat gets to 10L which makes for great economy. I stick to surfaced roads, and have a friend also with MB140D who goes on really rough roads and Aussie gibber desserts, with only busted tyres to complain about.
good economy,Manual available on 2 dvd with installation cd.there are not many benz workshops resulting in long trips to get service if you need it.
200 000 klm on several vans no mechanical problems,but have changed fan belts complete with belt tension pulley as soon as belt shows fraying.All doors are 2 pack paint over galvanize.Heater works quickly for a big van.
Parts expensive but parts are available even new about half price from merc wreckers.Leaves can accumulate behind side strips on front screen.Fitting of 2000kg tow bar difficult to obtain and fit.windscreen drains over motor firewall might cause rust at a later date
waste of money this van is expencive to repair we had to do a clutch and brakes and the cost was about $4000, If i had the chance all over i whould never have bought one. The only thing this van has going for it is it size.
The van storage space is grate, and its pretty good on fule
The van has no power the gearing is all wrong. If you try to tow with this car it will struggle to climb hills i somtimes have to drop back to second gear. Very noise ic cab
This is a great transport van for any business that needs a relaible and fuel efficent vehicle - this certainly is both. It has one of the larger carrying capacities in its field which also doesnt hurt. It also has a large door opening for even the biggest packages to be able to fit. If you travel in this van all day you will like the confortable and smooth ride and the traditional car like mod cons that come with it; including stereo, heeight and reach adjustments, cup holders and the like.
Well known German reliability.
Lots of space for all your carrying needs.
Diesel engine for the highest fuel efficiency possible.
Questions & Answers
What is the capacity of mb140?
Does the 2002 MB140D has timing belt or timing chain?
Timing Chain but still should be replaced occasionally ....
Mines at 211,000 KS and no noticeable noise from it .... viano needs replacing every 250,000ks think the MB140 would make 4-500,000ks (my opinion) just because they are a much older and more robust engine.
It's not that they will break but they do stretch over time and a stretched chain wears out the gears driving it which the becomes a much more expensive problem
|Release date||Jan 1999|
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